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"Different Russians: Photographs by Pavel Antonov"
2002-07-04 until 2002-07-18
RU Russian Federation
Most of the portraits that Pavel Antonov creates are Russian writers, musicians, artists who immigrated to U.S.A.
in 70s as refuges on political reasons and then later in 90s when iron curtain was
raised. Pavel Antonov is a Russian born photographer living in New York since 1999.
Every year scores of ambitious European fashion photographers move to
New York hoping to make it big in the Big Apple. Many of them end up
shacking up in friends' living-rooms, working as dish-washers or waiters.
But most of them don't get discovered by Donna Karan and wind up two weeks
later with their photographs exhibited in her new DKNY Soho store. That's
what happened to photographer Pavel Antonov who moved to Manhattan two years
ago from Moscow where he had been working for fashion magazines.
this autumn at the DKNY boutique included Antonov's new series of emigres to
Manhattan, among them pop artist duo Komar & Melamid on the roof of their
studio and an iconic portrait of painter Yuri Gorbachev at his 57th Street
apartment blanketed in a thick foxcoat. Says Donna Karan creative director
Trey Laird: "Donna and I love that the energy of Anotnov's photos are very
much New York. They're quick. They have a pulse to them. They are not overly
posed or overly lighted or overly technical. There's an immediacy and a
freshness as if the photographer took the pictures out of passion," adding
that "everybody is from somewhere. Even a Russian emigrant, a poet, a porn
star, can be a typical New Yorker."
Andrey Bartenev, Russian artist, 2002 Russian